The history of the violin, rich in legends and mystery, is associated not only with names of prominent performing musicians but with those of great artisans. Now who was bound to ‘play first fiddle’ then? What makes masterpieces by various artisans distinct from each other? Five unique instruments are ready to unveil the secrets of violin tonal quality.
Stradivarius (this is the way the Italian artisan signed his name in Latin) created violins that came closest to imitating the human voice in its natural quality. This accomplishment brought him the kind of fame that none of his predecessors or successors could out-achieve. Amati’s instruments in their turn are rather small in size and have a gentle tinkling silvery voice that sounds incredibly melodious. The intense mellow tones of a Guarneri are especially powerful when played in a large hall. His violins gained particular popularity among performers of the past (such as Niccolò Paganini, Henri Vieuxtemps, and Fritz Kreisler). The best of Guarneri’s creations are valued up to $18 million dollars which is today’s record price for a string instrument. Contemporary musicians place a high value on instruments made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini as well. His violins are notable for their exceptionally rich sound and splendid mellow tones. Vuillaume, who was Niccolò Paganini’s all-time private luthier, was dubbed ‘the greatest imitator’ after he had labeled a number of his own creations as made by ‘Guarneri’ and ‘Stradivarius’. This deception, however, wasn’t easy to uncover thanks to the powerful rich sound of the copy violins.
Five unique musical instruments produced by the greatest artisans and delivered to Russia from various corners of the world are all played by renowned violinist Dmitri Kogan within the same concert.
Dmitri Kogan has been working on this exceptional cultural project since 2011. Five greatest musical instruments made by the legendary artisans of the past – Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini and Vuillaume – unfold the inimitable beauty of their sound in maestro’s hands.
The International Musical Kremlin Festival was founded in 2000 by Nikolai Petrov – brilliant piano virtuoso, teacher, prominent public figure and Professor at the Moscow State Conservatory. The festival has been bearing the name of the untimely deceased musician since 2012.
The festival is held at its permanent venue, the Armoury Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin. Since April 2013 it has been chaired by Nikolai Petrov’s friend and student Dmitri Kogan.
The International Days of High Music Festival was founded by Dmitri Kogan in Vladivostok in 2004. Since then it has been held with great success on Sakhalin, in Khabarovsk, Chelyabinsk, and Samara. Prominent musicians and leading musical collectives are always welcome guests at Days of High Music.
The Volzhsky Church Music Festival was founded by Dmitri Kogan and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk in Samara in 2012. This festival introduces its audience to the best samples of choral pieces and oratorios. A number of world premiers have taken place as part of its framework.
The Volga Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra was founded upon Dmitri KOGAN’s initiative in 2011.
The Moscow Camerata Chamber Orchestra was founded in late 1994 and has since then been acknowledged as one of Moscow’s leading musical collectives. In February 2014 Dmitri Kogan was appointed Artistic Director of the Moscow Camerata Chamber Orchestra.
Arctic Festival of Classic Music has been founded in 2014 by Dmitri Kogan and the Governor of Nenetz autonomy Igor Koshin. The main goal of the festival is to introduce the best of classic music and art to the audience of Far North of Russia. Festival is an annual event.
International Music Festival “Kogan – Festival” has been established by Dmitri Kogan together with the Government of Yaroslav region and Valentina Tereshkova Foundation. The festive concerts are held in the main venues of Yaroslav and Yaroslav region. Dmitri Kogan presents to the audience the concerts with various content, including different streams and classic pieces – from authentic baroque to the latest compilation of music and modern technologies.